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Psychiatry Advances Podcast Series

Discover innovative research and patient-centered programs at the cutting edge of psychiatry and behavioral health sciences on the Psychiatry Advances podcast series.

Psychiatric, psychological, nursing, and rehabilitative professionals will enjoy this podcast from UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital, a national leader in the innovative treatment of mental health and addictive disorders.

Meet the Host


Loren Roth, MD, MPH, is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry. He continues to actively teach and work at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital. He is also the former Chief Medical Officer of UPMC, as well as the previous associate senior vice chancellor for Clinical Policy and Planning, Health Sciences, at the University of Pittsburgh.

Listen to Our Latest Episode

Affect Among Teenagers - The Role of Sleep

Description: Peter Franzen PhD. Is Associate Director for Education of the University of Pittsburgh Sleep and Chronobiology Center. This Podcast discusses teenagers shortened sleep during critical high school years, when teenagers must attend school at early times. These sleep changes affect teenager reactivity, emotion, stress, pleasure( anhedonia) cognition and substance use. Consequent to sleep research findings this Podcast also discusses controversial school based interventions to prevent negative outcomes.

Released: 3/11/20

References: Owens JA, American Academy of Pediatrics Position Statement : School Start Times for Adolescents, Pediatrics 134: #3, 2014, pp. 842-50

McMakin DL, Dahl RE, Buysse DJ, Cousins JC, Forbes EE, Silk JS, Siegel GJ, Franzen PL, The Impact of Experimental Sleep Restriction On Affective Functioning in Social and Nonsocial Contexts Among Adolescents: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 57:9 (2016) pp 1027-1037

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This podcast is for informational and educational purposes only and is not to be considered medical or behavioral health advice for any particular patient. Clinicians must rely on their own informed clinical judgments when making recommendations for their patients. Patients in need of medical or behavioral health advice should consult their personal health care provider.

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